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Your Guide to the Most Popular Interior Design Styles

Your interior design style reflects your personality. For some, clutter and bold colors or designs are major distractions. For others, ample use of color, texture, and accessories is energizing.
Whether you love the welcoming breeziness of coastal décor or the clean, uncluttered look of minimalist interiors, the most important thing is creating a space that feels comfortable.
We’ve compiled a list of some of the most popular interior design styles for ideas and inspiration.

Asian-Inspired

Minimalist at its core, Asian-inspired interiors create a sense of calm and balance. Clean lines and neutral color schemes are hallmarks of the style, and spaces are free of clutter. Square, rectangular, and circular shapes are prevalent, along with natural materials like wood and woven fibers. Floor cushions and low-profile sofas, coffee tables, platform beds, and end tables all speak to the style. Paneled room dividers and interior sliding doors help maintain a clean, clutter-free look.

Minimalist

Often confused with modern or contemporary interiors, minimalism is more a movement than a style. It’s defining characteristic is simplicity. Minimalist designers strip a room of unnecessary furnishings and clutter to create a space that’s focused purely on function. This doesn’t mean a room has to be cold or sterile. “Warm minimalism” adheres to minimalist principles of simplicity and function while still creating an elegant, inviting space. Designers can embrace minimalism by choosing toned-down décor with clean lines—and only what’s necessary for the space.

Mid-Century Modern

Born during a time of rapid urban and suburban expansion after WWII, mid-century modern design is simple and unpretentious. It celebrates functionality, keeping superfluous ornamentation at a minimum. Mid-century modern furniture has sleek, clean lines. Organic and geometric patterns are prominent. Natural materials like wood, metal, and glass are used liberally, along with manmade materials like vinyl and Plexiglass that emerged in the 20th century. It’s not difficult to find new furniture pieces in the mid-century modern style, but even a single vintage piece can help a room stand out.

Coastal

Light, breezy, and inviting, coastal interiors create a relaxing, carefree atmosphere. Floors are typically white-washed wood or light stone. Natural fibers, including cotton, linen, and woven rugs and baskets, dominate. Symbols of the sea like seashells, lighthouses, and nautically themed accessories help define the look. Designers may opt for the classic navy and white color scheme or a color palette of earthy neutrals with splashes of blue and green on accent pieces and accessories.

Scandinavian

Originating in the Nordic region in the 1950s, Scandinavian design has become increasingly popular in recent decades. Natural materials, clean lines, and pale colors define the style. Organic materials like woven rugs, wood paneling, and wood chairs are common. Balance is an important principle of Scandinavian design, so interiors are lean on clutter and free of excessive ornamentation.

Shabby Chic

With roots in antique and vintage French design, shabby chic interiors have a unique appeal all their own. Delightfully feminine, shabby chic style marries farmhouse elements with vintage French décor for a style that is simultaneously artistic, elegant, and relaxed. Shades of distressed white-painted wood dominate, complemented by soft blues, greens, and pinks. Designers can create the look with a combination of traditional and farmhouse décor. Ornate touches like a gilded mirror or crystal chandelier create interesting focal points.

Traditional

Inspired by 18th– and 19th-century European décor, modern traditional interiors are elegant and orderly—but that doesn’t have to mean stuffy or uninviting. Elements of traditional design include upholstered furniture with soft lines and understated fabrics. Neutrals and softer flowery colors are common. Furniture is typically arranged facing or perpendicular to a fireplace (another common feature of traditional interiors). Window treatments are usually floor-to-ceiling drapes in a neutral shade. Traditional interiors appeal to people of all ages and backgrounds and—when done well—are timeless.

Industrial

Especially popular in loft apartments and restaurants, industrial interiors expose building elements that are normally hidden, including pipes, ductwork, ceiling beams, and brick walls. Floors are often unfinished concrete or wood. Open, airy floor plans with large windows and space-saving features like frosted glass pocket doors define the style. Industrial-style spaces typically feature neutral colors and textures like rustic wood, sheet metal, and leather.

Modern Farmhouse

Modern farmhouse interiors are warm, inviting, and relaxed. Given its down-home roots, practicality is at the heart of the farmhouse style. Restraint is key. Neutral colors, natural fibers, unfinished wood, and weathered metals like oil-rubbed bronze, matte black, and brushed nickel help shape the look. Practical accessories like woven baskets, mason jars, and hand-painted bowls are useful and add simple beauty. Sliding barn doors are also increasingly popular with modern farmhouse interiors.

Contemporary

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Sleek lines and sharp angles define contemporary style. Furniture has clean lines, often with exposed metal or wood legs. Neutral, non-pattern fabrics made of wool, cotton, or linen are common, but designers may use punches of color or graphic artwork to add flair. Accessories are sparse. Light fixtures are made of sleek materials like polished metal or glass. Contemporary interiors represent the here and now, so they tend to have universal appeal.

Hollywood Glam

Hollywood glam/regency interiors are unmistakably flashy and bold, with dramatic décor at every turn. Common elements of the style include opulent crystal or glass chandeliers, plush, velvety furniture, metal accents and glossy surfaces, and vibrant colors like deep reds and blues, purples, and bright yellows. Hollywood glam interiors are focused on entertaining, so low-profile seating is a hallmark of the style.

Bohemian

Reflecting a free-spirited lifestyle, bohemian interiors are comfortable and eclectic. Globally inspired textiles and accent pieces, vintage furniture, woven wall hangings, and patterned throws and pillows create a bohemian look. Vibrant, nature-inspired wallpaper is also a common feature. Perhaps no designer better exemplifies the style than Justina Blakeney, who (literally) wrote the book on bohemian design.

Transitional

Transitional interiors are the perfect choice for those who love both traditional and modern décor. By utilizing both styles, transitional interiors are at once familiar and fresh. Transitional design elements include a mix of furnishings with both curved and straight lines, neutral colors, limited use of accessories, and a mix of textural elements like wood, glass, woven fibers, and metal. Newly married or cohabitating couples often inadvertently create a transitional look by blending their furniture.

Rustic

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Inspired by the outdoors and farmhouse design, rustic design emphasizes natural materials like leather, stone, unfinished wood, and metals. Designers often incorporate industrial elements like lightbulb pendant lamps and exposed plumbing into rustic interiors. A wood-burning stove or stone fireplace, exposed wood beams, and wood flooring are also hallmarks of the style.
Are you (or your client) still on the fence about which style to choose? Take this quick and easy design style quiz to nail it down.

Put the Finishing Touch on Your Space with Contemporary Sliding Glass Doors

Whether you’re redecorating a single room or building a home from the ground up, The Sliding Door Company can help you create functional, beautiful spaces. Our interior sliding glass doors and room dividers are unrivaled for their simple sophistication and refinement. They’re an ideal choice for the modern home.
Whatever style you love—Asian Zen, traditional, or industrial—we can create custom doors and room dividers to your specifications that perfectly suit the space. Choose from an ample selection of frame designs, glass types, and hardware to create the perfect look.
Visit one of our many showrooms located throughout the United States or schedule a consultation today. We look forward to helping you with your project!

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Modern Farmhouse Interiors: How to Create the Style

If we had to describe modern farmhouse style in one word, it would be relaxed. These cozy interiors celebrate family and home. Nothing flashy or ostentatious, just simple comfort.
But that doesn’t have to mean boring! In fact, the beauty of farmhouse style is that it can be adapted to include other styles, from traditional to eclectic. Farmhouse style is about practicality, but if you have a cherished item you’ve collected abroad—like a hand-woven Persian rug—with some finesse, you can incorporate it into a modern farmhouse home.
These features will help you create a farmhouse-inspired interior.

Glass Barn Doors

A classic feature of farmhouse style, sliding barn doors are both eye-catching and functional. You can go with a literal application of the style by installing a repurposed wood barn door, or create a more modern look with an interior sliding glass door.
You have many options. Your first decision is choosing clear, frosted, or smoky glass. Then select a frame color and style—from a single panel door to one of many multi-panel configurations—to create exactly the look you want.

Bench Seating

A quintessential feature of a farmhouse, bench seating is designed to accommodate larger gatherings. An in-kitchen breakfast nook is perfect for an unused corner space, while a long dining table with bench seats is relaxed and inviting—and the ample seating gives you the perfect excuse to throw parties.

Exposed Wood Beams & Barn Board

A wood beam ceiling brings nature inside and is an interesting architectural feature. The cost to install a wood beam (coffered) ceiling is around $25 per square foot. If you already have or can find reclaimed wood, the cost could be considerably less. The payoff is a beautiful new ceiling that will improve your home’s aesthetics and resale value.
If installing a wood beam ceiling isn’t possible, incorporating reclaimed barn board—on walls, floors, or as shelving—is another great way to add character to the space.

Butcher Block & Apron-Front Sink

Two more classic farmhouse additions: the butcher block and apron-front sink. They help maintain a relaxed look and will last for years if they’re well-maintained. If you don’t have room for a butcher block but you have a kitchen island, consider resurfacing it with thick, butcher block-style wood.
Apron-front sinks come in a huge variety of styles and colors, from stainless steel to ceramic to pure copper. If you’re going for a modern farmhouse look, stainless or sleek ceramic are good choices.

Quilts and Handmade Fabrics

Quilts are an easy and inexpensive way to create a classic farmhouse interior. Just be sure to use quilts sparingly to keep the look contemporary. A single quilt or blanket on a bed or as a throw in the living room will do the trick. Keep it sophisticated by choosing a quilt or blanket with pops of color, rather than a traditional patchwork or floral quilt.

Vintage Furniture

A house full of vintage furniture looks dated. But adding a few pieces can help you achieve a modern farmhouse look. Pair a new sofa with a vintage coffee table and side table set. Or a vintage armoire with a new bed. Don’t be afraid to incorporate vintage accessories—hurricane lamps, woven baskets, and other decorative items. Your options are unlimited. Vintage items not only help you create a farmhouse look, they also bring history into your home and serve as interesting conversation pieces.

Exposed Shelving and Dishes/Accessories

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Given its practical roots, exposed shelving just makes sense in farmhouse interiors. Open shelving creates easy access to everyday household items, like coffee mugs, dishes, and spices. Plus, it adds character to the space. Ideal for kitchens, whitewashed or unfinished wood shelving is easy and inexpensive to install.

Enhance Your Modern Farmhouse Interior with Sliding Glass Doors

Sliding barn doors are ideal for modern farmhouse interiors. The Sliding Door Company can help you create custom doors for your space that are both functional and aesthetic.
Our interior glass doors and decorative room dividers are unrivaled for their simple sophistication and refinement. They’re an ideal choice for the modern home. We’ll help you choose from our ample selection of frame designs, glass types, and hardware to create the perfect look.
Visit one of our many showrooms located throughout the United States or schedule free a consultation today. We look forward to helping you with your project!